Donor Stories

Students on Founders Hall stairs

Boldly Rising Campaign Surpasses $50 million Goal

Cal Poly Humboldt’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign has surpassed its goal of at least $50 million, with thousands of people giving at record levels to support dramatic growth in student scholarships and campus programs. The campaign goal was reached more than a year early.

A photo of the three ceramic mugs made by Cal Poly Humboldt students to gift to donors.

Unique Ceramic Mug Project Unites Artistry and Appreciation

The Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation partnered with the Ceramics Area of the Department of Art + Film’s Ceramics Club of Cal Poly Humboldt to create and produce over 400 Cal Poly Humboldt-inspired ceramic mugs as a unique gift for the University’s most generous recent donors.

A photo of Jim Yates and Jaime Lancaster

Supporting Students While Honoring an Entrepreneurial Spirit

If you mentioned a business idea to entrepreneur and businessman Jim Yates, he would’ve immediately provided you with a detailed plan on how to turn that idea into a reality. To memorialize Jim and help Cal Poly Humboldt students interested in entrepreneurship with tuition costs, Jim’s daughter Jaime Lancaster (‘03, Business Administration), now a faculty member in the School of Business, created the Jim Yates Business Endowed Fund with a gift of $37,500.

A group photo (from left to right): Rebecca Colyar, Robyn Norman, Rose Harman, Oh Byung Kwon (OB), Tom Ferguson, Emmery Parker, Seaname Adams, Biankeh Jung.

Supporting Graduate Research Opportunities

Thomas (‘77, Zoology) and his wife, Sara Ferguson, were able to get their higher education degrees when it was much less expensive to attend college and benefited from scholarships and grants. To

A photo of Craig Vejvoda, Virgil Moorehead, and Dan Phillips, who each gifted $50,000 to the Cal Poly Humboldt Wrestling Club, building upon the University's wrestling legacy.

Building a Strong Future for Wrestling Program

“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” This saying is known to everyone who’s hit the mat and wrestled at one point or time. For Virgil Moorehead (‘83, Education), Craig Vejvoda (‘80, Business Administration), and Dan Phillips (‘91, Business and Computer Information Systems), who were members of the Humboldt wrestling community, it’s true.

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Cal Poly Humboldt Sees Strong Support from Donors

Over the last year, thousands of donors stepped up to support Cal Poly Humboldt students, giving $12.5 million to advance academic excellence, expand educational access, and foster innovative research and programs.

Kenneth Sanchez has bequeathed a percentage of his estate to Cal Poly Humboldt’s Lowell Diller Wildlife Memorial Scholarship to one day help Wildlife students pay their tuition.

Legacy to Future Wildlife Students

Kenneth Sanchez (‘84, Wildlife) loves saving habitats. He has been helping protect and restore habitats in the United States for over 30 years, and now with a bequest pledge made to Cal Poly Humboldt’s Lowell Diller Wildlife Memorial Scholarship Endowment, he will one day be able to help other Humboldt Wildlife students who are just as passionate about habitat restoration.

Inaugural Giving Day Raises $140K

Cal Poly Humboldt’s inaugural Giving Day was an astonishing success as the Humboldt community came together and raised $140,638 in one day! Among the day’s numerous highlights, donors contributed to

It's Cal Poly Humboldt Giving Day!

The 24-hour campaign on Wednesday, April 5 will bring together students, alumni, parents, friends, and the campus community to raise funds for students and campus programs.

Alum Creates a New Mentorship Path for Students

Rick Gardner (‘65, Psychology) remembers the day he was accepted into Cal Poly Humboldt. “I opened the mailbox and saw the letter from Humboldt. When I opened it, I went running to my parents to show

Event Honors Humboldt Legacy Donors

Cal Poly Humboldt legacy donors gathered Thursday, March 2 at Baywood Golf & Country Club for the inaugural 1913 Legacy Society luncheon, a celebration of those who have designated Humboldt in

Leaving a Legacy of Environmental Education

For more than four decades, Robert Gearheart has been dedicated to understanding wetland systems and sharing his wisdom and passion with others. He’s reached hundreds of students over the years. 

Mary & Foster Keller Endowment Continues to Support Students

To ease the financial burden for Cal Poly Humboldt students and honor her parents, Jennifer Keller established the Mary & Foster Keller Endowment in 2012. The endowment created the University’s first-ever Presidential Scholarship and awards student recipients $4,000 annually for four years.

‘Boldly Rising,’ an Ambitious new Fundraising Campaign

Cal Poly Humboldt has publicly launched the most significant fundraising effort in its history, aiming to raise at least $50 million in support of students and campus programs. It’s called Boldly Rising: the Campaign for Cal Poly Humboldt.